8th May 2000




A Leicester student is part of a university engineering team which will take to the skies next month when they enter their final year project, a model aeroplane, into a national competition.


Ben Smith from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will test his team’s plane to the limit in the British Model Flying Association’s Cargo Aircraft Challenge in Lincoln.


Each plane will be judged on how much weight it can carry and for how far it can fly, so there may be a few casualties as the competitors push their entries to the limit.


The challenge is run in association with British Aerospace and the teams are busy putting the finishing touches to their planes.


“The university is covering the cost of our project, but we were also lucky enough to get sponsorship for parts of the plane,” said Ben, from The Oval, Oadby in Leicester.


Other team members are Paul Gwyther of Grimsby, Phil Murgatroyd of Leeds and Morafe Mathews of Botswana, South Africa. The second team is Gary McMullen, Barry Woodhead and Steve Rowley.


This is the first time the university has entered teams for the challenge, which will provide an exciting climax to a year of hard work designing and building the model aeroplanes.


Teams will give a presentation and display their planes at the Lincoln campus on Saturday June 10th.


RAF Scampton near Lincoln will host the Cargo Aircraft Challenge on Sunday 11th June.




Note to Newsdesk

A jpg photograph of Paul Gwyther’s team is available on e-mail.


Sam Hendley, Press officer. Tel: 01522 886042.